Are Bagged Salad Greens Safe?

British researchers have discovered that minimal amounts of damage to salad leaves can greatly increase the risk of Salmonella food poisoning. Apparently, the nutrient-rich juices secreted from crushed leaves in bagged salad products stimulates this bacteria's growth 280-fold compared to sterile water. 

PositiveTip: Follow these practical preventive guidelines to minimize this risk:

  1. Purchase the freshest bags available.
  2. Avoid bags with mushy or slimy leaves.
  3. Skip the bags that look swollen.
  4. Refrigerate immediately.
  5. Rinse well before eating.